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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2832

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Thaksin calls for release of Suu Kyi

In a rare diplomatic move, Thailand yesterday urged the Burmese junta to immediately release Aung San Suu Kyi.

CBK snubs Japan: refuses statement backing confab

by Shamindra Ferdinando

Troubled relations between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe have hit a new low as the president ignored a Japanese government request to issue a statement supporting the Tokyo donor conference opening on Monday, political sources said.

Movements of Dr. Gamani Corea restricted?

A police investigation has just been launched backed by an opinion from the Attorney General to ascertain whether one of Sri Lanka's best-known economists, former UNCTAD Secretary General and current Chairman of the Geneva based The South Centre, a third world think-tank, Dr. Gamani Corea is under "wrongful confinement".

CBK knows little, says nothing

President Chandrika Kumaratunga wrote on Friday to Japanese Ambassador S. Otsuka declining a request to give a video-taped message for tomorrow's Tokyo aid conference, saying she knew very little about it.

Anandasangaree defies step-down call, vows to fight

By Shelani Perera

With a section of the TULF echoing the LTTE demand that TULF President V Anandasangaree stepdown, the party's policy making politburo is scheduled to meet next week to decide the fate of its leader.

Govt. stand on Dalai Lama unchanged

Despite reports that the Dalai Lama had stated on Wednesday that the Chinese Government's official attitude is more positive, a Foreign Ministry official said that Sri Lanka's position regarding the Dalai Lama remained unchanged.

Myanmar ups Suu Kyi criticism, UN envoy waits

By Aung Hla Tun

Myanmar's military junta stepped up its criticism of detained pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Sunday, indicating a visit by a United Nations envoy to secure her freedom may end in failure.

Television goes free as Chennai waits for CAS

No matter what the Tamil Nadu government says, television service providers' wars in the state are not over yet.

DMK steers clear of Congress demand for the resignation of Advani.

The DMK today remained non-committal on the Congress party's demand for the resignation of all Union Ministers, including Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani, chargesheeted in the Babri Masjid case following allegations that the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was brought down in 1992 at the instigation of Advani and other senior BJP leaders.

Sri Lanka expected to allow interim body for LTTE

By Dilrukshi Handunnetti, Indo-Asian News Service

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to announce the government's willingness to set up an interim body for Sri Lanka's war-torn northeast at a donor meet in Japan Monday.

Senior General Than Shwe plays hide and seek with UN Special Envoy.

While UN Secretary General’s special Envoy Razali Ismail waits for the third day in Rangoon to meet and speak with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democratic icon of South East Asia, Senior General Than Shwe has quietly left the capital to Ngwe Saung beach in the Arakan state. He is expected to stay there for two three days.

Vajpayee announces peace bonus for Nagaland

In a bid to carry forward the peace process in Nagaland, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee today announced conversion of Rs 3.65 bn loan to the state as a one-time grant.

First wireless Internet access at Don Muang Airport

Thailand is to get its very first wireless Internet access service this month, when Millcom Systems launches a cutting edge new service for passengers at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport.

U.N. envoy fails to meet or secure release of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

A special U.N. envoy failed Saturday to meet or secure the release of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, despite international criticism of her detention and U.S. threats of tighter economic sanctions against Myanmar's ruling junta.

Babri Masjid Mosque demolished at the instigation Advani - allege accused.

In a new twist to the Babri Masjid demolition case, five accused today alleged they had pulled down the disputed structure at Ayodhya at the instigation of L K Advani and other senior BJP leaders, a charge denied by the lawyer of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Venkaiah faces exit heat

By Radhika Ramaseshan

Five days after he kicked off the controversy over who would lead the BJP in next year's Lok Sabha elections, speculation is rife at the party headquarters on whether Venkaiah Naidu's days as chief are numbered.

Kadir: Me PM? No such move in the air or on the table

by Namini Wijedasa

Presidential advisor Lakshman Kadirgamar yesterday denied that he was being mooted as interim prime minister by President Chandrika Kumaratunga under a proposed coalition with the United National Front (UNF).

Bhikku Convention vehemently opposes interim administration

by Mallika Wanigasundara

The Jatika Sangha Sammelanaya (National Bhikku Convention) expressed its vehement opposition to the establishment of an Interim Administration or a structure for regulating the use of donor aid in the north and east, without a written Peace Accord with the LTTE, at a press conference last week.

Rights meet hits out at globalisation

By Mukdawan Sakboon

Some 200 human-rights activists from around the world yesterday demanded that governments and international financial and trade organisations take steps to protect and promote economic, social and cultural rights that had been violated in the name of globalisation and free trade.

Britain demands access to Myanmar’s detained Suu Kyi

Britain has called for “immediate international access” to pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, detained by Myanmar’s military junta, the Foreign Office said on Friday.